Extreme Cold Warning

How often do you hear that?

Extreme Cold Warning

Never.  More often than not, you’ll get a “Windchill Advisory” or something that most Edmontonians would react with a “Mmm hmmm” or “I guess I’ll wear a toque”.  “Extreme Cold Warning” is rare especially with a lead line of “Multi day episode of very cold wind chills continue”. 

If you are outside watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

In fact, the average high for this time of year is -7C and the average low is -16.  The weather station at Edmonton International Airport recorded -33.5 on Christmas Day and -33.8 on Boxing Day…the coldest December 25th and 26th between 1999 and 2017.  We won’t hit that today….but it’s close!

Extreme Cold Warning, serious stuff.

Here’s the link to the Weather Network’s current conditions.

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Santa On The Hill

Santa on the Hill Dec. 24

In need of a well deserved pre-delivery ride, you will be able to see Santa on the hill this Sunday.  Watch for your favourite flying mythical man in red as he rides the lifts and carpets handing out candy canes to all the children.  Santa on The Hill is an annual event that is very close to the story of the Pied Piper: Kids just follow him where ever he goes…just with candy canes instead of music. 

I wonder why?  Because it’s fun, of course!

Santa on the hill, this Sunday at Snow Valley Ski Club.

 

Tim Dea

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Why Facebook? Why?

Facebook has a new protocol to ensure that the person steering the profile “Gern Blanstick” is actually Gern and not his brother Bjorn. 

Should Facebook doubt you, they will ask for an image of a piece of identification that puts the name of your profile, or the person responsible for the profile, on an official document.  “Why that’s an intrusion of my privacy”, maybe but it’s their software/website.  Don’t submit what they want and maybe you’ll never login again.

And so our very own Simon SnowLeopard is in a bit of a pickle.  Simon’s Facebook profile was created long ago…long before Snapchat or Instagram, you know, when dinosaurs and flip phones ruled the earth.  It was long enough ago that you had to have a personal profile before you could create a ‘page’.  “Snow Valley Ski Club” has a page but it’s ‘owned’ by Simon SnowLeopard and today they asked for ID. 

I sent them a letter explaining the situation.  First, of course, I had to convert the letter to an image because it won’t take anything but an image file.  And don’t get me started about how you cannot actually send a message to an individual over at 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.

Why Facebook?  Why?

Your friend and possibly former profile owner,

Simon SnowLeopard

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Thank you Edmonton: Ski Swap Largest in History!

Snow Valley’s Annual Ski Swap & Sale was a record breaking event!

THANK YOU!

Sales and fees from all sources exceeded $200,000! 

Proceeds from this fund raiser go back equally to non-profit organizations “Snow Valley Ski Club” and “Snow Valley Racing Association”. 

Hopefully, everyone got something new or, and we’ll say it again, ‘new to you’ for the upcoming season.  Private consignment, local shops and even Snow Valley’s Snow Rider got into the action. Shops included Sundance Ski and Snowboard Shop, Pacesetter Ski Shop, Skiers Sportshop, Out of Bounds, and Track’n Trail.

Thank you as well to those that supplied support and services:

  • Infinite Event Rentals
  • Beavertails Food Truck
  • DFA Tech
  • Western GMC
  • REMAX
  • Snow Valley Racing Association (Volunteers, Parents, et al)
  • Snow Valley Ski Club Staff & Management

 

Next year the annual event will change from mid October to the first weekend in November: NOVEMBER 3 & 4.  Mark your calendars now.

Tim

 

 

 

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Ski Swap is Back October 14 & 15

Snow Valley Ski Club and Snow Valley Racing Association welcome winter back with Ski Swap and Sale on October 14 and 15.

Drop off items to be consigned for just $2 each on Saturday, October 14 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Print off your own Consignment Form here.

Season Pass holders can come back between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm Saturday night for a sneak peak sale!

Sunday, October 15 is the official sale day from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Admission is $2 each or $5 per family.

We’ll have food trucks and a fun castle from REMAX to keep you fueled and having fun.  

Wondering how it all works?  Lots of help is always around from volunteers and even some of our retail partners provide some staff to assist.  A pre-sizing area will once again be a feature of Snow Rider so you know what size to look for and avoid getting something that doesn’t really fit well. 

All proceeds go to Snow Valley Ski Club and Snow Valley Racing Association

 

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2017-18 SEASON PASS SALE Begins Today!

With a bit of a stutter step, we’re off and running!

Snow Valley Ski Club has kicked off the annual Season Pass Sale, however just not “on line”, at the moment. 

Please call 780-434-3991 and make your purchase and book your lesson programs over the phone.  Operators are standing by…seriously!

What’s NEW?

Warm Up To Winter (New Fall Session Format)

All Fall Programs are now three weeks in length beginning in December.  If the last two seasons are any indication, that will be perfect timing.  If the 5 previous opening days before 2015-16 are any indication, we’ll have lots of time to get out there and play before programs begin.  You could also book a private lesson if you can’t wait…

Park Patrol

Park Patrol is for those wanting to learn how to use the terrain park and complete tricks under control and safely.  Available for both skiers and snowboarders it is offered in separate sessions or a full 10 week course running January to mid March.  All sessions are 2 hours long so there’s lots of time to learn and get to know everyone.

55+ Lessons

A full season program running each week at 1:30 pm is tailor-made for those able to get out during the day and get some turns under the direction of a CSIA ro CASI certified instructor.  A great way to meet new friends or get back together with current ones!

365 Family Pass

Focusing on the success of Snow Valley Aerial Park this summer and the ease of a winter season pass to access the lifts, we’ve created something special for the family.  The all new 365 Family Pass.  At just $999.00 plus GST, a family of up to five (under same restrictions as a ski club family season pass) will get access to Snow Valley Ski Club all winter, followed by access to Snow Valley Aerial Park for the entire 2018 season!  Each pass will have unique artwork, individual family member’s photo, and be valid from Opening Day 2017 until the Aerial Park closes in October of 2018. 

Any way you look at it, 2017-18 is already shaping up to be a great season and it’s only AUGUST!

Simon the Snow Leopard and Friend

Simon’s looking forward to seeing everyone back on the slopes!

Tim Dea

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Another Season is Almost Complete!

Today is our ALL DAY Food Bank Friday and Spring Break Camps will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then the 2016-17 season comes to a close Wednesday, March 29 at 5:00 pm.

Thank you to all who came to enjoy all that we can provide: lifts, rentals, lessons, sessions, poutine, hot chocolate and most of all: FUN!  We like to say we “Make Winter Fun”, when actually, YOU make winter fun.

Thank you and see you at Snow Valley Aerial Park on May 20 or sometime during the summer!

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February 4th is CSP Day: World Record Snow Angel Attempt

On February 4, skiers and ski patrollers at Snow Valley Ski Cub will take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most snow angels at the same time in multiple locations. The current record is 15,851. Up to 100 ski hills and resorts across Canada will be participating in the attempt at 11AM MST.

Be sure to register at 10:30 am in front of the Lodge.

The effort is being held as part of Canadian Ski Patrol Day, a day that honours the life-saving work undertaken by the 4,500 volunteer ski patrollers providing advanced first aid and rescue services at more than 220 ski areas across Canada. Currently, 58 volunteer ski patrollers provide first aid and medical services to skiers and snowboarders at Snow Valley.

“Canada’s ski patrollers are Canada’s guardians on the snow,” said Canadian Ski Patrol president and chief executive officer Colin Saravanamuttoo. “Helping to break the record for most snow angels is a great way for the skiing and boarding community to celebrate the people who look over them on the snow,” continued Saravanamuttoo.

The Canadian Ski Patrol was first established in 1941 to organize and train a first aid and rescue group to patrol ski hills. Today, the CSP is Canada’s largest volunteer-based first responder organization. In the past 76 years, hundreds of thousand Canadians have volunteered for and received advanced first aid training from the Canadian Ski Patrol.  

“Some of these volunteers have put their lives at risk to help keep our skiers and boarders safe,” said Snow Valley “It’s important for us to take part in Canadian Ski Patrol Day and show our gratitude for these amazing people’s hard work and dedication.”

Canadian Ski Patrol – key facts and numbers:

  • Hundreds of thousand volunteer ski patrollers since 1941
  • 4,500 active ski patrollers in 2016
  • More than 220 ski resorts serviced by the Canadian Ski Patrol
  • An estimated five million Canadians are skiers or snowboarders
  • Up to 100 ski resorts taking part in the attempt
  • Snow Valley welcomes on average 185,000 skiers and snowboarders each year
  • The longest-serving ski patroller at Snow Valley has been serving for over 30 years
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